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Oxford Castle & Prison

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great and informative tour, but odd given the use of we/us pronouns given the strong American accent. Clearly not a son of Oxford....

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank rodneyp502
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a tour on the spur of the moment as we were browsing in the gift shop with time on our hands, and the tour was about to start. Our guide was Bekka, and she was excellent - first class attention to health and...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Felicity D
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Felicity, we're so glad to hear that Becca gave such a good and memorable experience! Thank you so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First visit to this attraction. Fascinating and significant history of England, brought to life in an amusing and memorable way by Alastair, our guide. If you can do the steps to the top of the tower you will have panoramic views of the dreaming spires...More

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RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Alistair's tour so much- thank you so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A really interesting place to visit if you have an hour to spare for the tour. (You can only access the castle/prison if on one of their tours - you can’t go around by yourself.) Our Victorian prisoner tour guide was great fun and we...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank HannahIID
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Hannah, it's excellent to hear that you enjoyed your tour- thank you so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I could have stayed here all day and kept on looking at the historical grounds and buildings - Wish I had more time!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Shazi X
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Shazi, we're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us- thanks so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with kids whilst in Oxford I must say was not disappointed. Would definitely recommend when in Oxford

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank sla b
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi! We're so glad to hear that you and your children enjoyed your visit- thank you so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed a lot know - 1.000 years of history explained in a fun way. One hour guided tour with a small group.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Marina N
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Marina, we're so happy that you had a good time! Thank you so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit if British history interests you - or indeed prison life, Victorian life and earlier etc etc The castle and museum setting is well laid out and guided tour is a must. (Thank you Agatha who gave us a very comprehensive...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BobB350
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Bob- we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Agata's tour! Thanks for reviewing us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me, my partner and my mother visited oxford for a gig at the new theatre the night before. We decided to for a walk and do a bit of sightseeing before heading back to our hometown. we stumbled across a huge sign pointing to oxford...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi! It's excellent to hear that we were a nice surprise for you all and we're so glad that Rowan made the experience so memorable! Thank you so much for reviewing!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the tour and it was just the right amount of time. The history was very interesting. What is great is that it does not take the whole day and then you can add other items onto your day. The cafe on site...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ashley D
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Ashley, we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time on site and that all the staff gave you a good welcome- thank you so much for reviewing us!

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AnnieMadge
April 29, 2019|
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Response from 641LucyM641 | Reviewed this property |
The main tower isn’t accessible for (I think) under 5’s. It’s also got a lot of steps in a tight spiral staircase. If any of your party can’t go up the tower then they put a video on downstairs for you to watch
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Sue W
March 14, 2019|
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Response from stevemQ91UQ | Reviewed this property |
Yep. malmaison com Book direct with them for best prices!
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February 11, 2019|
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Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance
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